Columbia River Fisheries Program Office
Pacific Region

Jeffrey Jolley

Jeff holding a dungeness crab

Educational background: Ph.D., Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, South Dakota State University, M.S., Fisheries, Auburn University, B.S., Zoology, North Dakota State University

Jeff is a Supervisory Fish Biologist and leads the Non-Salmonid Team within the Conservation Assessment Team at the Columbia River Fisheries Program Office.  The mission of the Non-Salmonid Team is to provide scientifically-based research and management on important non-salmonid fishes of the Pacific Northwest.  The team’s work is focused on, but not all-inclusive to, native lampreys and mussels of western North America.  The team performs field assessments of lamprey distribution, abundance, and habitat and provides guidance on survey design and sampling methodologies that incorporate probabilistic and statistically robust methods to provide empirical, quantifiable, and comparable information.  Investigations of lamprey ecology and biology are also used to inform the use of captive lampreys to aid conservation.  The team interacts in the research and management forums to help inform policy and management.

Jeff has worked on a diverse array of fishes, habitats, and management issues.  He has held positions with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Sea Lamprey Control – in Michigan and the U.S. Geological Survey – Columbia River Research Laboratory – in Washington.  He also worked for the North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit – assisting with research on anadromous striped bass and American shad in the Roanoke River.  As a Research Associate for the Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, he collaborated on research involving  redeye bass movements, anadromous striped bass, the effects of acid mine drainage on stream invertebrate communities, and the effects of hydropower peaking activities on fish communities.  He also continues to collaborate on variety of topics including invasive common carp management issues, population dynamics of mussels in the Southeast, and effects of dam removals on fish communities.

Jeff has maintained an active role in the American Fisheries Society and currently serves as the Western Division Representative to the Education Section and Western Division Representative to the Continuing Education Committee.  He has held numerous posts including President of the Auburn University Chapter, Secretary/Treasurer of the Student Sub-section of the Education Section, and two different appointments to the Skinner Memorial Award Committee.

Jeff’s dissertation focused on recruitment and early life-history of yellow perch and bluegill in Nebraska Sandhill lakes and thesis focused on population structure of catfishes in the Coosa River, Alabama.

Selected Publications:

Jolley, J.C., E.S. Albin, M.A. Kaemingk, and D.W. Willis.  Accepted.  A survey of aquatic invertebrate communities in Nebraska Sandhill lakes reveals potential alternative ecosystem states.  Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management.

Dawson, H.A., B.R. Quintella, P.R. Almeida, A.J. Treble, and J.C. Jolley.  In review.  The ecology of larval and metamorphosing lamprey.  In M. Docker, editor.  The Ecology of Lampreys.

Jolley, J.C. M.A. Kaemingk, D.W. Willis, and R.S. Holland.  In review.  Overwinter mortality of sympatric juvenile bluegill and yellow perch in mid-temperate Sandhill lakes, Nebraska, USA.  The Open Fish Science Journal.

Kaemingk, M.A., J.C. Jolley, C.P. Paukert, D.W. Willis, R.S. Holland, G.A. Wanner, and M. Lindvall.  In review.  Can invasive species cause a catastrophic ecosystem shift?  Biological Invasions.             

Kurath, G., J.C. Jolley, T.M. Thompson, D. Thompson, T.A. Whitesel, S. Gutenberger, and J.R. Winton.  In review.  Pacific lamprey Entosphenus tridentatus are not susceptible to common fish rhabdoviruses of the Pacific Northwest.  Journal of Aquatic Animal Health.        

Jolley, J.C., G.S. Silver, and T.A. Whitesel.  2012.  Occupancy and detection of larval Pacific lampreys and Lampetra spp. in a large river:  the Lower Willamette River.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 141:305-312.

Kaemingk, M.A., J.C. Jolley, D.W. Willis, and S.R. Chipps.  2012.  Priority effects among young-of-the-year fish: reduced growth of bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus) caused by yellow perch (Perca flavescens)?" Freshwater Biology 57:654-665.

Kaemingk, M.A., J.C. Jolley, D.W. Willis, and B.D.S. Graeb.  2011.  Exploring spatial distributions of larval yellow perch Perca flavescens, bluegill Lepomis macrochirus, and their prey in relation to wind.  Journal of Fish Biology 78:1132-1151.

Jolley, J.C., and E.R. Irwin.  2011.  Catfish population characteristics in tailwater and reservoir habitats of the Coosa River, Alabama.  Pages 155-166 in Conservation, ecology, and management of catfish:  the second international Symposium.

Jolley, J.C., D.W. Willis, and R.S. Holland.  2010.  Match-mismatch regulation for bluegill and yellow perch larvae and their prey in Sandhill lakes.  Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 1:73-85.

Jolley, J.C., K.R. Edwards, and D.W. Willis.  2009.  Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) spawning periodicity and hatching duration in the Northern Great Plains, USA.  Journal of Freshwater Ecology 24:29-38.

Jolley, J.C. and D.W. Willis.  2008.  Characteristics of a grass pickerel Esox americanus vermiculatus population in Pony Lake, Nebraska.  Journal of Freshwater Ecology 23:497-499.

Jolley, J.C., D.W. Willis, T.J. DeBates, and D. Graham.  2008.  The effects of a mechanically reduced northern pike density on the sport fish community of West Long Lake, Nebraska.  Fisheries Management and Ecology 15:251-258.

Graeb, B.D.S., M.T. Mangan, J.C. Jolley, D.H. Wahl, and J.M. Dettmers.  2006.  Ontogenetic diet shifts in yellow perch as influenced by changes in relative energetic return of prey.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 135:1493-1498.

Sakaris, P.C., E.R. Irwin, J.C. Jolley, and D. Harrison.  2006.  Comparison of native and introduced flathead catfish populations in Alabama and Georgia: growth, mortality and management.  North American Journal of Fisheries Management 26:867-874.

To contact Jeffrey, please call 360.604.2500 or email

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